Why It’s Good to Wait

January 23rd, 2006  |  Published in old and busted

Intel Macs only one fourth, not four times faster:

> Why did Apple move to Intel, then, really?

> Intel justifiably remains one of the most lauded companies on the planet not for the quality of its chips, but for its consistent innovation in production. It’s a manufacturing company first and foremost, and its R&D is geared towards keeping its facilities full.

> What falls off the end of the Intel production doesn’t really matter.

> This hardly helps you, dear reader, as you’re waiting for a window to refresh, or a QuickTime export to finish, but it’s the reason for Intel’s importance in the global economy, when superior products from Texas Instruments, IBM and AMD are available. The markets demand consistency, and only Intel can satisfy the need for consistent production levels without some disruption.

> So where does this fit in to Apple’s future plans? With iPod revenues now matching computer revenues, the computer business is now far less important to Apple than it was. And more importantly, consumer music devices is where all the growth is.

> Putting Intel Inside was never the smartest technical decision. But it makes it easier for Apple to move to a software licensing business for Mac OS X, or sell the computer business completely.


The Register cites the second mediocre Mactel benchmark I’ve seen in the past three days. Maybe a cute little iMac G5 refurb will be in order in several months, provided the lemming count stays high enough to mess with the market.

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